Patents Examined by Carlos R. Ortiz-Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10890900
    Abstract: One or more aspects of the present invention relate to a client device and a system for data acquisition and pre-processing of process-related mass data from at least one CNC machine or an industrial robot and for transmitting said process-related data to at least one data recipient, for continuously recording hard-realtime process-related data via at least one realtime data channel, and for recording non-realtime process-related data via at least one non-realtime data channel. The client device may further include at least one data processing unit for data-mapping at least the recorded non-realtime data to the recorded hard-realtime data to aggregate a contextualized set of process-related data. Moreover, the client device may further include at least one second data interface for transmitting the contextualized set of process-related data to the data recipient and for further data communication with the data recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: BIG DATA IN MANUFACTURING GMBH
    Inventors: Volker Kreidler, Knut Lagies
  • Patent number: 10890885
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing power of an aerial vehicle, an illustrative system including an aerial vehicle including a power storage module and a plurality of components, and a computing device communicatively coupled to the aerial vehicle, the computing device including a processor and a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the computing device to receive data indicating a state of charge of the power storage module, receive data indicating a rate of power consumption of the plurality of components, receive a goal, generate, based on at least one of the state of charge of the power storage module, the rate of power consumption of the plurality of components, and the goal, a power command, and transmit the power command to the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: LOON LLC
    Inventors: Jacob B. Roberts, Salvatore J. Candido
  • Patent number: 10890894
    Abstract: A numerical controller is provided with a machining program input unit configured to receive as an input (i) a machining program and (ii) information on at least two of items including a machining method, a machining shape, and a use tool, corresponding to the machining program, and a machining content verification unit configured to detect inconsistency of a combination of at least two of the items including the machining method, the machining shape, and the use tool, based on a predetermined criterion for determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Kiwamu Saitou
  • Patent number: 10884397
    Abstract: A method for devising an optimum control policy of a controller for controlling a system includes optimizing at least one parameter that characterizes the control policy. A Gaussian process model is used to model expected dynamics of the system. The optimization optimizes a cost function which depends on the control policy and the Gaussian process model with respect to the at least one parameter. The optimization is carried out by evaluating at least one gradient of the cost function with respect to the at least one parameter. For an evaluation of the cost function a temporal evolution of a state of the system is computed using the control policy and the Gaussian process model. The cost function depends on an evaluation of an expectation value of a cost function under a probability density of an augmented state at time steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Doerr, Sebastian Trimpe, Duy Nguyen-Tuong
  • Patent number: 10884383
    Abstract: Machines can be controlled using advanced control systems that implement an automated version of singular spectrum analysis (SSA). For example, a control system can perform SSA on a time series having one or more time-dependent variables by: generating a trajectory matrix from the time series, performing singular value decomposition on the trajectory matrix to determine elementary matrices; and categorizing the elementary matrices into groups. The elementary matrices can be automatically categorized into the groups by: generating one or more w-correlation matrices based on spectral components associated with the time series, determining w-correlation values based on the one or more w-correlation matrices; categorizing the w-correlation values into a predefined number of w-correlation sets, and forming the groups based on the predefined number of w-correlation sets. The control system can then generate a predictive forecast using the groups and control operation of a machine using the predictive forecast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SAS INSTITUTE INC.
    Inventors: Michael James Leonard, David Bruce Elsheimer, Yuelei Sui
  • Patent number: 10877491
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software program products for dispensing chemical solutions. A controller receives a signal from a pressure sensor indicative of a pressure of a diluent. The controller determines an expected flow rate of the diluent through an eductor based at least in part on the pressure of the diluent. The controller may further determine an expected concentration of a chemical product in the solution dispensed from a discharge port of the eductor. Based on the expected flow rated and concentration of the chemical product, the controller determines a duration of a dispense stage of a dispensing operation required to dispense a predetermined dose of the chemical product. The controller then causes the diluent to flow through the eductor for the determined duration of the dispense stage. A check valve on the output of the eductor prevents dissimilar chemicals from mixing and reduces a response time of the eductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Tincher, Christopher Dyer
  • Patent number: 10871769
    Abstract: A manufacturing system 10 is configured to include a driving device 4 configured to drive a manufacturing machine 5 in a step pertaining to product manufacture in a predetermined production management system, the driving device 4 driving the manufacturing machine 5 in the step in response to predetermined information obtained related to a state of the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Koichiro Nagata, Akihiro Nakamura, Shuji Soga, Naohito Ikeda, Gen Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 10873211
    Abstract: A system includes a flexible datacenter and an energy storage unit that receives and stores power from one or more grid-scale power generation units. The energy storage unit and the flexible datacenter are connected behind-the-meter to the power generation unit(s) such that they are not typically subject to grid transmission and distribution fees. By various methods, behind-the-meter power is routed between the power generation unit(s), the energy storage unit, the flexible datacenter, and/or the grid based on a variety of conditions and operational directives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LANCIUM LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. McNamara, David J. Henson, Raymond E. Cline, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10864680
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an integrated heat pipe is disclosed. The integrated heat pipe includes a porous wick structure, a solid conducting structure, and an integrated part. In a CAD model, the porous wick structure is represented as a simple solid having a finite amount of mechanical interference; the solid conducting structure and the integrated part are represented as simple solids. After incorporating the CAD model into a 3D-printer build file, 3D-printer parameters representing the porous wick structure of the integrated heat pipe are assigned to a porous region component model within the 3D-printer build file, and standard 3D-printer parameters representing the solid conducting structure and the integrated part are assigned to a solid region component model within the 3D-printer build file. The 3D-printer build file is utilized to print the integrated heat pipe on a 3D printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey K. Torrington, Michael J. Shaw, Michael P. Mitchell, Timothy Whalen
  • Patent number: 10849723
    Abstract: A system comprising a scanning device is operable by a user to scan teeth of the user to acquire images of the teeth. The scanning device comprises a camera operable to acquire the images, a guide configured to orient the camera with respect to the teeth to facilitate acquisition of the images, and a server system configured to receive the images acquired by the scanning device and to develop a treatment plan for the user based on the received images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SDC U.S. SmilePay SPV
    Inventors: Christopher Yancey, Jordan Katzman
  • Patent number: 10852709
    Abstract: A method for machining a selected part with a machine tool, comprises obtaining a master part replicating at least a portion of a geometry of a selected part. The master part is loaded in a machine tool. A signature of the machine tool is defined by measuring at least dimensional data of the master part relative to the machine tool, the dimensional data being limited to a selected-part-specific working volume substantially smaller than a complete working volume of the machine tool. The machine tool is certified as being within tolerances to machine the selected part within the working volume, using the dimensional data of the signature. The selected part is machined from a workpiece with the machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Mario Blais, Philippe St-Jacques
  • Patent number: 10847973
    Abstract: A method for controlling an electrical energy distribution network includes connecting at least one first distribution network of a first voltage level which comprises a plurality of network nodes to a power line of the at least one first distribution network, wherein a first part of the network nodes comprises energy consumers, a second part of the network nodes comprises energy generators, and a third part of the network nodes comprises both energy consumers and energy generators. A local unit of each of the network nodes records first energy quantity information which represents a measured energy quantity, and provides second energy quantity information which represents a tradable energy quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengeseiischaft
    Inventors: Jens Berger, Martin Roemheld, Thorsten Nicklass, Klaus Heller
  • Patent number: 10845855
    Abstract: The invention relates to a management unit (1) and a method for operating such a unit in a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) installation. The management unit (1) comprises at least one first port (12a) to which an external device (2) can be connected, and it is adapted to control the power delivered at a first port (12a) in dependence on predetermined switching rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Matthias Wendt, Joseph Hendrik Anna Maria Jacobs, Peter Luerkens, Ulrich Boeke
  • Patent number: 10831164
    Abstract: A system, methodology, and programming logic for active stormwater controls to optimize sizing and design of Hydromodification Management (HM) structural Best Management Practices (BMPs) to achieve optimal flow duration control. Control logic enables the controlled release of stormwater from a BMP in a manner most akin to pre-development flow duration curves. Inputs to this logic include: flow duration curves based on continuous hydrologic simulation for pre- and post-development conditions; real-time measurement of water level within the BMP; and real-time measurement of discharge entering the BMP. This control logic can interact with control logic for other stormwater management objectives, such as harvest and reuse, infiltration, and combined sewer overflow prevention, and respective inputs, such as real-time weather forecast data, precipitation gage data, downstream flow gauge data, and water quality data, to meet those design objectives as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: OptiRTC, Inc.
    Inventors: Judd Goodman, Marcus Quigley
  • Patent number: 10831177
    Abstract: An automated welding system includes a mounting platform configured to receive an object, a welding tool, an imaging device configured to acquire at least one image associated with the object, and a controller. The controller is configured to receive the at least one acquired image, analyze at least one pixel in the at least one acquired image, identify, based upon the analyzing, an area to be welded in the at least one acquired image, wherein the area to be welded includes a defect, and generate, based upon the identifying, control instructions for controlling at least one of the mounting platform and the welding tool to weld the area to be welded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Richard Roy Worthing, Jr., Mark Dean Pezzutti, Lyle Timothy Rasch
  • Patent number: 10823592
    Abstract: A field device for monitoring a process variable of an industrial process includes an image capture device. A process component exhibits relative motion as a function of a process variable. The image captures device captures an image which changes due to the relative motion of the process component. An image processor coupled to the image capture device detects relative motion of the process component and measures the process variable based upon the detected relative motion. Output circuitry provides an output related to the measured process variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ROSEMOUNT INC.
    Inventor: Robert C. Hedtke
  • Patent number: 10802471
    Abstract: A technique is provided to enable low-cost control of amounts of fertilizer applied. A control device controls a currently used agricultural machine that applies fertilizer to a crop while traveling through a field. The control device includes a growth data receiving unit, a fertilizer application amount value calculator, and a speed signal generator. The growth data receiving unit receives growth data that is obtained by sensing a growth condition of a crop at each location in the field. The fertilizer application amount value calculator determines an amount of fertilizer on the basis of the growth data. The speed signal generator generates a speed signal to cause the agricultural machine to travel at a speed corresponding to a variable value of an amount of the fertilizer to be applied at each location in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TOPCON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriko Saito, Sora Otaguro, Ryosuke Tomizawa, Atsushi Ohyama, Tsuyoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10785049
    Abstract: A common automation system controller configured using a graphical approach for use in a building automation system is provided. There is an increasing demand for flexible and adaptable room or building automation applications with an easy and intuitive way for application configuration. In pre-engineering as well as during installation and commissioning, the application configuration for preloaded or loadable device needs to be easily changeable and can be used for operating and/or monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Brun, Heinrich Meier, Herbert Meier
  • Patent number: 10782663
    Abstract: A water supply network includes node components and edge components, wherein the edge components transport water between the node components. The edge components is controllable in relation to its flow behavior for water. A method for controlling the water supply network includes the steps of determining a planning horizon, which includes a number of time slices; determining upper and lower limits for feeds and prospective withdrawals of water in the time slices; determining possible operating configurations of the at least one edge component; determining energy costs for an activation of the edge component in the time slices; determining permissible states of node components; determining current states (initial states) of edge or node components; and determining a control plan for the at least one edge component on the basis of the determined information in such a manner that a predetermined water balance is maintained in each time slice averaged over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Rafael Fink, Christoph Moll
  • Patent number: 10778012
    Abstract: An optimization controller for a battery includes a high level controller configured to receive a regulation signal from an incentive provider at a data fusion module, determine statistics of the regulation signal, and use the statistics of the regulation signal to generate a frequency response midpoint. The optimization controller further includes a low level controller configured to use the frequency response midpoint to determine optimal battery power setpoints and use the optimal battery power setpoints to control an amount of electric power stored or discharged from the battery during a frequency response period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Con Edison Battery Storage, LLC
    Inventors: Radu Dorneanu, Michael J. Wenzel, Mohammad N. Elbsat, Kirk H. Drees, Andrew J. Przybylski